New principal eager to start

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New St Mary's College principal Carol Bell.
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Moving to a regional town for your first stint as principal may seem daunting to some but a local school’s new leader is excited and ready for the challenges ahead.

Carol Bell has taken over the role of St Mary’s College principal, replacing Michael Pepper who stepped down last year after seven years in the job.

Ms Bell’s appointment comes during a period of growth for the college, with new facility developments and increasing student numbers in the pipeline.

The former Mandurah Catholic College deputy said she was drawn to the role after getting a small taste of Broome about a decade ago.

“It is quite interesting because I came up 10 years ago to run a personal development session with the St Mary’s staff,” she said.

“I had a beautiful experience while I was here, I loved Broome and loved the school, its diversity and the multi-cultural aspect of it.

“There is an amazing scope of ability and background here, which is really interesting to me, for such a small school.”

Ms Bell said she was honoured to be working at the school during such an exciting time but it is always the children she kept her focus on.

“There is an immense amount of work being done at St Mary’s right now; the primary school has gone from strength to strength, in particular the kindergarten, and it is exciting to see the third stream of kids coming through,” she said.

“For the first time we have a waiting list at the primary school and we are now turning that attention to our secondary campus.

“But at the end of the day it is the children that I am here for.

“No matter what role you are in at a school, you are a teacher first and it is important to recognise the role education plays in shaping the lives of these young kids. “I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of them and their families.”

Ms Bell has moved to the Kimberley town with her husband Greg, who is also a teacher, as well as their children Emma, 13, and Noah, 9, who will be attending the Catholic school.

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